Graduate Funding Opportunities


Scholarship for Service

Focused on Information Assurance education, the Scholarship For Service program gives students scholarship funds in exchange for service in the federal government for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship, typically two years. As a result of the SFS program, federal agencies are able to select from a highly qualified pool of student applicants for internships and permanent positions.

The SFS program is offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Scholarship recipients shall pursue academic programs in Information Assurance for up to two years at MS level. They will participate as a cohort during two years of study and activities, including a summer internship in a federal agency at the end of their first year of support. The recipients will become part of the Federal CyberCorps whose responsibility is to ensure the protection of the United States Government's information infrastructure. Upon graduation, the CyberScholars will be required to work for a federal agency for two years in fulfillment of their Federal Cyber Service commitment. The scholarships provide academic year stipends for graduate students and other expenses. Only US citizens are eligible.

To apply contact Angela Clark - or visit Cyberscholars for more information.

SOC Graduate Research Assistantships

SOC offers a limited number of research assistantships to highly qualified applicants. These assistantships pay full tuition, for a maximum of 10 semester hours per semester, and provide a generous stipend while offering research mentoring.

Graduate Assistantships are awarded for 1 academic year (Master’s level – Fall and Spring Semesters, PhD Level – Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters) and can be renewed for one additional year for Master’s students and two additional years for PhD students, at the recommendation of the faculty mentor. 

Assistantships are awarded based on a competitive application process.  Application packets will be evaluated by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chairs of the CS and IST Departments according to the research needs of the School of Computing for the upcoming academic year.

 Application Process:

         Complete page 1 of the Graduate Assistantship Appointment Form

         Obtain 3 Letters of Recommendation

Submit all documents to:

         Dr. Debra Chapman, Director of Graduate Studies,

         150 Jaguar Dr., #2101 Shelby Hall, Mobile, Alabama 36688

Deadline to Apply for Graduate Assistantships:

         Fall Semester:  April 1st

        Spring Semester:  November 1st

Endowed Scholarships

Current and incoming students with a JagSPOT account can easily identify, apply for, and track endowed scholarship opportunities.  For instructions on creating a JagSPOT account, please follow this link, please follow this link.  

  • Computer Science Endowed Scholarship - $1500 per semester awarded to qualified graduate student majoring in     Computer Science.
  • Rajani Ranade Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence  - Provides qualified candidate with a $500/year   scholarship.
  • Warren Nicholson Graduate Scholarship in Computing - Provides qualified candidate with annual scholarship up to $2500 (exact amount based on the income derived from the endowment).

Other Financial Aid Opportunities

Cybersecurity Scholarship Guide